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Welcome! Whether you are a Penn State Alum or friend of the campus, we welcome you to the Alumni & Friends section of our campus website. The information provided will give you an overview of the many ways you can support Penn State Schuylkill and how we can support you. Please know that you are welcome to visit anytime or contact us if we may be of service to you.

Patricia Troy Shoener, MBA
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society 2014

The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society welcomed two new members to the board at their May 2014 meeting. These members include – Karen Beruck '07, '11 and Greg Wisloski '87. 

In addition, the board voted in the following officers for 2014 – 2015, David Gonzalez, ’02,’03,’04, president, Jeffrey Vrabel, ’81, vice president, and Sallie Sandler, ’86, ‘99g, secretary/treasurer.

Emily Bear
Emily R. Bear - 2014 Alumni Achievement Award recipient at Penn State University

Emily R. Bear is a 2006 graduate from Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing, Pottsville, PA. She later pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State World Campus and completed pre-medical requisites at Penn State Schuylkill and Berks Campuses. She is a staff nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network on the Transitional Trauma Unit. In 2012-2013, Emily took a leave of absence from her staff nurse position and spent eight weeks in Conakry, Guinea Africa volunteering as a vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistula nurse aboard the Africa Mercy Ship. She learned transcultural nursing firsthand and was able to share her experiences with her formal School of Nursing at their all day seminar.

Emily has been a trauma nurse for over seven years and has been an active member on the unit’s Performance Improvement and Practice Committee. She has recently joined the Nightshift Nurse Council representing medical-surgical nurses and has spent numerous hours as a nurse preceptor to senior nursing students and nursing graduates. In 2008, she presented at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurse’s conference on an insulin infusion protocol.

In 2013, Emily and fellow laboratory partners were published e-Version in the International Journal of Chemistry for their research in organic chemistry. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Society of Trauma Nurses, and Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Emily also belongs to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Alpha Sigma Lambda, Phi Delta Chi member. In 2004, Emily was the recipient of Penn State Schuylkill’s first collegiate public speaking competition. She is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Penn State Schuylkill Homecoming 2014

Penn State Schuylkill is celebrating 80 years! Please join us for HOMECOMING 2014 and 80th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS. Some events include:

First Annual 4-Person Scramble Golf Tournament - Sunday, October 5, 2014. 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start at Mountain Valley Golf Course, Barnesville, PA. Registration is required. $65.00 per person (includes golf cart, green fees, lunch, and prizes). 

Parents/Family/Alumni Picnic - Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. on the campus green.

Alumni Tailgate -  Penn State vs. Michigan - Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hidden Stream Cafe. Come out and cheer on our Nittany Lions!

Second Annual "Alumni Basketball Game" - Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the gym.

"The Joe We Know" - Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Join us to view this documentary, followed by a discussion with former Penn State Football Players - Dan Leri '79, Gino Capone '03 and Tom Donchez '74. 

80th Anniversary GALA - Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schuylkill Country Club, Orwigsburg, PA. 

"Essence of Joy"  - Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the John E. Morgan Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for Seniors/Child. Penn State students are free.

For additional details, contact Patty Shoener at 570-385-6262 or pts11@psu.edu.

Joe Paterno 409 Wins print
Joe Paterno 409 Wins print Sale to benefit local awards for Penn State Schuylkill students
The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society Board is selling Joe Paterno 409 Wins prints as a fundraiser. The prints have arrived and are available to purchase in the Alumni Relations Office at Penn State Schuylkill. Below is information about the prints. Please pass this information along to family and friends. We have a limited number available for sale, so reserve your print today by contacting Patty Shoener by at pts11@psu.edu or 570-385-6262. 


The Penn State Alumni Association - Montgomery County Chapter has commissioned artist Daniel Duffy to create this unique and memorable image to honor Joe Paterno on the second anniversary of his passing. Duffy has brought Joe's legacy to life by hand writing all of his 409 victories so they can hang on your walls forever.


Each piece is hand signed by the artist on acid free archival paper and bears the seal of the Paterno Family Trust. "Paterno 409" has been created to raise funds for our Penn State Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund. It measures 20" x 16" and is only $30.00.


Here is your opportunity to honor Joe, support the Paterno Family Trust, and build our own Penn State Schuylkill Student Award Fund!

Campus award nominations
Penn State Schuylkill seeks nominations for campus awards

The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society is accepting nominations for the following awards :

  • The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is awarded to a Penn State Schuylkill alumnus who has achieved success in his/her chosen field and/or within their community. Qualifications for consideration require that the nominee for this award be 35 years of age or younger.
  • The Penn State Schuylkill Spirit Award is open to graduates and friends of the University excluding current members of the Board of Trustees.  The award is intended to honor an individual for their significant contributions in the area of public service, and who share or volunteer his or her talent, time and resources on behalf of the University.
  • The Honorary Ambassador Award is given by the Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society to honor people who are not graduates of Penn State University and have made significant contributions towards its welfare, reputation, or prestige.  The award is given only when the Alumni Society wishes to honor an exceptional person.
  • The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor that the Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus.  The award recognizes and salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater. 

For an application, please contact Patty Shoener at pts11@psu.edu or 570-385-6262. Applications are due by August 31, 2014.

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Penn State Day at Knoebels Amusement Resort

Mark your calendar to join us for the sixth annual "Penn State Day at Knoebels" on Saturday, May 16, 2015, for a day of fun, food, and fantasy! Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon.  Contact Patty Shoener at 570-385-6262 or pts11@psu.edu if you have any questions.